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Netflix rival Stan signs new content deal with the BBC

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Doctor Who - Just one of the BBC titles to be available on Stan

Doctor Who - Just one of the BBC titles to be available on Stan

The SVOD service Stan has made another content announcement confirming customers will have access to an extensive selection of BBC programs when the service launches shortly.

Beginning from Stan’s launch, premium BBC Worldwide series including Sherlock, Ripper Street, Orphan Black, Top Gear and Doctor Who will be available for Stan’s members to watch instantly, all included in Stan’s low monthly price. 

Iconic British comedies including The Office, Gavin and Stacey, The Vicar of Dibley, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous and Fawlty Towers will join acclaimed dramas Luther, Wallander, Parade’s End and Torchwood on Stan.

The complete offering has something for everyone, with children’s favourite Charlie and Lola joining factual documentaries from David Attenborough and Louis Theroux.

The streaming joint venture Stan owned by the Nine Network and Fairfax is believed to be preparing for a launch before Christmas in an attempt to get a head start on Netflix which is expected to launch in Australia in late February.

Much of the content announced in the Stan-BBC deal is currently available via the US version of Netflix. It would seem likely that the Australian version of Netflix will also have access to BBC content. While the third big player in this market, the Foxtel owned Presto is yet to reveal any of its plans. Presto is expected to shortly announce deals with Seven, Ten and HBO to provide TV content in addition to its current movie offerings. 

“Australians have long been entertained by BBC Worldwide’s great slate of programming. Their shows are especially loved by Australians, with British drama and comedy particularly relevant to our audience,” Nick Forward, Stan’s Director of Content and Product, said.

“We’re proud to include such a broad selection of premium content for our members.”

Stan will offer the complete collection of Sherlock, starring Emmy Award-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch. It joins Ripper Street, the riveting crime series centred on the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. 

Back-to-back episodes and complete seasons will be available for Stan’s members to watch where and when they want.

In announcing the deal, Jon Penn, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We’re delighted to be a launch partner for Stan in Australia, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one.” 

Titles will be available to watch instantly in full HD on multiple platforms including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones.

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